All back from Belgium in one piece slightly frazzled and tired but I think to a man we all agreed it was worthwhile and the experience of travelling as a group of 14 men, visiting 3 top bordermen's, receiving a top class presentation from Peter Coutteel and then dinner out as a group. Several stand out moments for me personally but Peters presenation and listening to his research findings on Black Spot and megabacetria were very high up for me. The plan now is for me to write up a full report backed up by the video footage from Peters presentation and then get it out to anyone that is interested. What I will say is that unless you have already been to a specific presentation by Peter then this information is gold standard. WHY ? because he designed it around the pre-prepared questions we sent him before we went so that all those previosly unknowns were covered during our visit. We got full tour of his surgery, treatment room and recovery room. He is a true gentleman and so passionate about our feathered friends.
To the Border Convention Website Manager on achieving 100,000 hits, this is real evidence that there is a community out there that is interested in the Border Fancy.
Well done Colin and everyone that contributes to the BC Website
Just posted the Northern Ireland Border Show Results on my Facebook page Mason Borders.
Been away again since Thirsday last week, back last night and a mini biathlon this morning for School Year 4, 5, and 6 it is such a pleasure to have the enthusiasm of the little ones on the sports field, although this morning on the Fylde Coast it was raining and very windy.
Birds are looking in tip top condition and cocks singing nicely - not too forward yet but well on track for this time of year - I have to remember that most of the unflighted birds were born early in the year, first chick hatched 27th February so have to keep this in mind. I wont be starting quite so early this year though.
Been a while waiting but we finally get away to Belgium this week - I think I would be right to say we are all looking fwd to it. Full report when we get back obviously.
Sorry for missing a couple of days on the news but I have been flat out at work and away for the weekend, with prospect of being away from Thursday through til Sunday night again this coming weekend. The light at the end of the tunnel (no pun) but the channel tunnel is coming quickly and our visit to Belgium will soon be here. I had no idea how much interest this little juant of ours has raised. I even had a friend in Belgium get in touch to say if he wasnt working he would have come down and joined us for the day.
The main thing for me over the last few days has been the subject of how clean our birds are at the time of going to breeding season, I.E are they completely clean of all bacterial infection, I was told quite convincingly that in the opinion of continental canary breeders that us Brits are way behind the curve in this respect and we do not understand the full cleansing process required to ensure successful breeding season. I was talked through what my goldfinch friend does and it is well documentated that he breeds several hundred each year, club members with same number of Yorkshires each year. For these reasons I am chomping at the bit to hear what Dr Peter has to say and what we can learn to take us forward.
One thing for sure is that a simple course of Baycox is not enough and this only kills coxidiosis, it has to be followed up with anti fungal, mega and E-coli treatment. Only then is your bird clean. We can all relate to 3 stages of mortality I think 1. Dead in Shell when fully formed? WHY, 2. Dead after 3 - 4 days old? WHY, or 3. Dead just after moulting? WHY
These are what we need answers to.... and then share this information when we get back.
Personally I think I am about 60 - 70% there and my breeding seasons have improved since I took an active interest in researching chick mortalityand what causes it. The other vital thing and important piece information is knowing exactly what the hens reproductive cycle is and fertility timeline - I have a very good research paper on this if anyone wants to read it. Drop me an email and I will fwd you a copy. S
Sun is shining but boy is it cold outside here in Blackpool, a frost off car windscreen exercise this morning for sure. I went in the shed first thing and even my breath was condensing it was so cold, not sure even though we say the birds need a cold spell to tighten them up it actually needs to be that cold, I was freezing my bits off. I am setting the heating control to keep that chill off a bit from tonight, don't see why I should be baltic in my own shed. I know there will be differing opinions and too soon for a bit of heat just yet, but hey, everyone to their own:-)
Just 2 weeks now before we go to Belgium (14 in the group now) we have collated a set of questions from the group and sent them to Dr Peter at the Trigenio Clinic to save time on the day and give him time to consider and hopefully he can type in the answers for us to bring back with us.
Examples of questions are:
Recommend feeding regime from the maintenance period, say beginning of January, till the start of the breeding season, say end of March. To include what standard seed mixtures, conditioning foods should be offered
I would like a definite answer about sterile bowel syndrome, not guesswork that's been going on for years! If a canary requires probiotics then where in the bird does it accumulate, or multiply?
Frequency of feeding and any additives vitamins in the water.
Use of Antibiotics - The effect of antibiotics on the fertility of both the cock and hen bird prior to and during the breeding season. (i.e. Safe withdrawal period ,for maximum fertility )
Black Spot – update on cause and prevention methods if possible
How important are amino acids leading up to and during the breeding season.
Should calcium be fed as I have heard arguments for and against?
For the last couple of years one or two birds are getting wet sticky heads (around the face) tried a few things but nothing has dried it up.
What is you view on DIS and most likely cause?
What is his advice on giving calcium, can it make cocks sterile for 4-6 weeks?
I would like to know the cause of and recommended treatment for dirty (pasted) vents and noisy (squeaky) breathing.
Birminghan Area Border club.
Members show will be held on Sunday 29th December 2014 entries accepted between 10 and 11am.There will also be a members Fife show,as a trial this year (New members welcome).The Borders will be judged by Mr Brent Leach,Fife judge to be arranged.The scheduals and entry forms will be available on the day at the show cardboard cage floor covering please.the show will be held at Dudley sports & social club ,High ercal ave ,Breirley hill ,Dudley DY5 3QH.
Enquiries 01902 496165.
ITALIAN BORDER CANARY CLUB
The Castrocielo Annual Show was held today 30th November 2014 at “ SWANS LAKE RESTAURANT” a very striking natural oasis. Once again it was Mr. VALENTINO CHERUBINI with their outstanding exhibit of a beautiful unflighted Three-Parts Dark Green Buff Hen that took the Best in Show Award, and they also had 4th, 5th and 6th Best Awards. 2th Best was taken by Mr. Michele Apuzzo , a very nice flighted Three-Parts Dark Green Buff Hen. Mr. Pompeo Mattia took the 3rd Best Award with a excellent unflighted Variegated Yellow Hen and 7th Best Award with a unflighted Variegated Yellow Cock. Best Novice was De Giglio & De Giglio Partnership with a nice unflighted Variegated Yellow Hen. The Club would like to thank all those Exhibitors who support , some travelling considerable distance to do so. We would like to say a big thank you our Judge Mr. John Furley, who did a wonderful job of selecting the winners show. A very special word of thanks to Mr. Pompeo Mattia of Aquino, who organised the Show, the Hotel accomodation, the Gala Dinner and banqueting suite. Lastly thank you to stewarding teams and to myself for help given to Judge all day.
Antonio Montano (Publicity Officer)
BEST BORDER MR. VALENTINO CHERUBINI
2nd BEST MR. MICHELE APUZZO
3rd BEST MR. POMPEO MATTIA
4th BEST MR. VALENTINO CHERUBINI
5th BEST MR. VALENTINO CHERUBINI
6th BEST MR. VALENTINO CHERUBINI
7th BEST MR. POMPEO MATTIA
BEST NOVICE DE GIGLIO & DE GIGLIO
Good evening, back home after a few days away at a conference in London. Glad to be back with the birds and able to get in the shed, all seems to be going well and the birds in good order. I am sure the damp weather does have a negative effect and especially with the hens. Probably away again this weekend, definitely on Sunday for sure down to Solihull for a competition. Soon be time for our little road trip to Belgium, counting down the days now.
Then a break for Xmas when I can get plenty of jobs done in the shed and make preparations for the breeding season that will be on us before we know it. End of November calls for my first treatment of Baycox, 2days then I give another 2 days a week later - against (slightly) the recommendation but it works for me and what I was told by one of my friends in Germany that breeds British finches (very well). then 4 weeks before pairing I repeat the process. Don't stand still or you will go nowhere
Hearing about the judging at the Sussex and Kent I was impressed with their system, they provide two judging stands for each judge, first stand is for the first class of birds while these are being judged the next class of birds are then bought up by the stewards and placed ready on the second stand, it's good because not only are you speeding up the process but the birds have longer to settle before judging.
You could take this system a step further, if there was a learner or junior judge present he or she could be judging the second class of birds without feeling pressurised by the senior judge looking over their shoulder, then when the senior judge has finish he could then move across and chat with the apprentice and discuss his selection and rectify if needed, in the meantime the first judging stand would now be filled with the next class! I think it's a great idea, fast and effective, I would love to hear what you think, maybe start a forum article - Alan? can you offer a judges opnion.
Submission Date 2014-11-23 13:11:52
Name of Show NORT H OF SCOT LAND
Date November 23 2014
Number of Champion Exhibitors 11
Number of Champion Entries 130
Number of Novice Exibitors 4
Number of Novice Entries 25
Best Border in Show RONNIE MCGRAT H
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Green Yellow S/F Hen a/a
Best Champion RONNIE MCGRAT H
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Green Yellow S/F Hen a/a
2nd Best Champion RONNIE MCGRAT H
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd 3 Parts Dark Buff Green Cock U/Fltd
3rd Best Champion MIKE DAVIES
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Hvy Var Green Buff Hen Fltd
4th Best Champion RONNIE MCGRAT H
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Cinn S/F Yellow Hen a/a
5th Best Champion MIKE DAVIES
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Var Green Buff Hen U/Fltd
6th Best Champion RONNIE MCGRAT H
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Any other colour
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd No award
Best Novice JO SUT HERLAND
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd 3 Parts Dark Yellow Green Hen U/Fltd
2nd Best Novice ASHLEY KILGOUR
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Clear or T kd Buff Hen Fltd
SHOW RESULT S AND REPORT
3rd Best Novice T OMMY HADDOW
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Var Green Yellow Cock U/Fltd
4th Best Novice CRAIG DAVIDSON
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd Hvy Var Green Buff Cock U/Fltd
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd No award
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd No award
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd No award
Class/Colour/Fltd/Ufltd No award
Best Clear BRIAN BREMNER
Best Green S/F RONNIE MCGRAT H
Best Cinnamon RONNIE MCGRAT H
Best White RONNIE MCGRAT H
Best Variegated MIKE DAVIES
Best 3 Parts Dark RONNIE MCGRAT H
Judge JIM BOUSIE
Report/Comments WELL DONE ALL WINNERS AND T HANKYOU T O
EVERYONE WHO AT T ENDED OUR SHOW AND SUPPORT
US EVERY YEAR !!!!!
Results of the Sussex & Kent BFCC show are as follows
Best Borders and best Champion Borders
1. Ron Baker -- Self green buff hen u/f
2. Steve Tappenden --- Clear white hen u/f
3. Mark Symonds -- TPD yellow cock u/f
4. Steve Tappenden – TPD buff hen u/f
5. Mark Symonds – Clear yellow hen u/f
6. Steve Tappenden – Variegated buff cock u/f
7. Mark Symonds - Variegated yellow cock u/f
1. Paul Wright – Clear buff hen u/f
2. Paul Wright – Clear yellow hen u/f
3. Paul Wright – TPD yellow hen u/f
4. Laurie Allen – Heavily variegated yellow cock u/f
5. Paul Wright – Heavily variegated buff hen fltd
6. John Barnard – Variegated buff hen u/f
7. Pete Whitehead – Variegated yellow hen u/f
Thanks to Judges Tim Ward & john Beddows
Wexford BFCC Show
More news and some points from the show:
300 entries and a good show that went well with some very good birds on the bench.
Best Welsh Exhibit: Jim and Gail Barry
Points Comp Champion Paul Glennon
Points Comp Novice Joe & Luke Walsh
Congratulations to everyone
Northern BFCC Today Results:
1st C & A Britton VBC
2nd I Wishart VYH
3rd B & P Heathcote VHY
4th I Wishart CYC
5th I Wishart 3PDYH
6th C & A Britton HVYC
7th B & P Heathcote HVBH
1st M Donovan VYH
2nd R Laidler VYC
3rd R Laidler GYH
4th G Bishop GBH
5th R Laidler 3PDBC
6th G Foster Flt GVBH
7th R Laidler GVBC
Appologies for incorrect result, posted what I was sent!
Wexford results should read:
Colm Southern 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th
C Keating 4th
J Proctor 7th
Wexford BFCC Show today results so far
Best Border Colm Southern
2nd best Colm Southern
3rd best Colm Southern
4th best Colm Southern
5th best Colm Southern
6th best Colm Southern
Morning from a wet Blackpool today. Was at the train station before 6am this morning and saw the early morning activity around the town streets - amazing, ranging from young ladies making way home carrying high heel shoes coz feet so sore, to people asleep in doorways and paper lads setting off on their rounds. No different to anywhere I else I hear you say.
Time now to start concentrating on what pairings will be and have I kept the right combination of cocks and hens from the correct parents and nothing going too close. So plenty of time needed to be set aside to do this.
Now on countdown to our road trip to Belgium on 18th December, we have 14 of us going now and all looking forward to it very much. Visit to Dr Peter Coutteel to receive one of his well known lectures on Canary Fertility and Breeding Season preparation. This will be coupled with a visit to one of the largest bird supplies shops, visit to Joel Geldorf and also Willy Winkleman's birdrooms. So you can see why we are looking forward to it.
The show cage drinker debate on the member forum seems to be coming to some sort of final conclusion, but more opinions would be welcome.
Fleetwood weekend been and gone and everyone went home with their own opinion of the weekend. I am nor airing my own view on the www but I am hopeful that a frank and honest assessment is conducted by the committee of the BBFCC with aim of looking inward as to why numbers were down this year and just what can be done about the lighting situation it is no use what so ever saying "it is what it is" no more said.
The atmoshere was as usual amazing and the North Euston doing a roaring trade on Friday and Saturday evening. Not so impressed with the rock band on the Saturday evening attracting the local community in to pack out the bar more than ever - OK for the older generation border men when they just turn down their earing aids and dampen out the noise though.
So back into border solitude for another 11 months 3 weeks and 4 days until the next visitors to Blackpool and my shed.
If anyone ever comes to Blackpool for a break (some do!!) and if you wanna give the Pleasure Beach a miss for an hour then give me a call and if I am in the country you are welcome to pop in,
Catch up later if anyone around and on the chatroom. S
German Border Show Results Best Border W.Bohner, 2nd W.Bohner, 3rd J. Lehmkuhl, 4th F.Popmann, 5th R.Dänner, 6th F.Popmann, 7th W.Bohner
Good evening from Fleetwood!
For full set of results and a pic of the winning bird you can see these on my Facebook page at Mason Borders.
Judging over earlier than expected due to fewer birds than expected, the doors to the hall opened early too. I got there at 2ish and the public already in the hall. Once inside and eyes adjusted to the light etc the result sheet showed the Best in Show and Champion Border belonged to Phil Warne a hy var buff hen, nice type and good size. Second best belonged to Stu Percy a tpd yellow green hen and 3rd best belonged to George McGougan a 3pd yellow green cock, very nice bird. The remainder of the results are:
4th best C & A Britton
5th best R Hodges
6th, 7th 8th PR Warne
9th K Wadkin
10th PR Warne
Best Champ cl PR Warne
Best Champ Green var C & A Britton
Best Champ Cin K Wadkin
Best Champ Green PR Warne
Best Champ Green 3pd S Percy
Best Champ cin 3pd K Wadkin
Best Champ white PR Warne
Best Champ hy var PR Warne
Best Champ cin var C & A Britton
In the Novuce section some outstanding birds on the bench and R Thorley took the award for best novice border in show. Paul England had a very strong team out and his seconf place bird looked FAB. Results for the novice section:
Best Novice R Thorley
2nd Best Novice P England
3rd Best Novice A O'Mahoney
4th Best Novice R Thorley
5th Best Novie A & S Robertson
6thand 7th best Novice P England
8th Best Novice A & S Robertson
9th Best Novice S Vernon
10th best Novice A & S Roberston
Best clear R Thorley
Best Green var A S & Robertson
Best Cin G Marshall
Best Green A & S Roberston
Best Green 3pd P England
Best Cin 3pd S Vernon
Best White A O'Mahoney
Best Hy Var S Kingorn
Best Cin var M Slater
THE WAIT IS OVER
All roads lead to Fleetwood albiet very slowly!!
I did put a note on to warn people that are coming up the M6 just how bad it is. Some tonight have sat for 2 hours between J17 and J24 in solid tail backs. One chap I spoke to (known to us all!!) was spitting blood and could not believe the sheer volume of traffic.
Oh well - that said it is now a quick wash and head off up to the North Euston to meet up with a few mates for a pint or two and catch up on all the news.
I will do my best to get the full results posted here as quickly as possible tomorrow - will go to the show hall and then pop home to upload them for everyone. Good luck and I hope we see some fantastic birds on the bench.
Bye for now. S
For any statistical people out there I have some feedback as to how the website is going along:
October 6,739 visitors to the site
Googled 2,732 looking for Border Canaries and we are number one on google search engine
Most referals come through the Border Convention website on the link on the BC Homepage.
Sleep well with this knowledge....yawn !!
Fauldhouse border results
2nd George Mc Gougan,
3rd George Mc Gougan,
4th Ian Wishart,
5th Ian Wishart.
best R Laidler,
2nd Jim Forgie,
3rd Jim Forgie,
4th G Forster,
5th A&S Robertson.
Morning from Manchester! still here but the conference is over and I will be heading back home within the next hour and first call will be the shed to check how the birds are, can't wait. I have caught up with results from the weekend, although I did manage to put news flash on as I got them.
Now the real countdown to the big one this coming weekend - "All roads lead to Fleetwood"
Not to be a scare monger but in a hope to help you, anyone coming north on the M6 Friday afternoon or evening please allow at least 1 hour to the journey time it normally takes you if your journey takes you through the stretch J8 to J16 - I have done it so many times in the past few weeks and it is torture, 50mph limit for most of the way with just pure traffic overload going North on Friday. Example: Croydon to Manchester last Friday for one of my delegates normally max of 4 and half hours, last Friday 8hrs.
So once you get to Fleetwood have a great time and I hope to meet up for a beer on Friday/Saturday night - good luck with final preparation of your birds this week. S
Results from Kilkenny CBS in Ireland
With 300 Borders largest CBS section in British Isles
Best Border J.Furley U/F Var Buff Cock
2nd C.Southern U/F Self Yellow Green Hen 3rd C.Southern U/F Clear Yellow Hen 4th J.Furley Fltd Var Yellow Cock 5th C.Southern U/F Clear Buff Hen 6th C.Southern U/F TPD Yellow Hen 7th J.Furley U/F Heavy Var Buff Hen
Best Novice J & L Walsh Flighted Clear Buff Hen
Judges R.BENNETT N.COURTENAY
Merseyside Results (that I have)
Best R. Sillitoe
2nd. P. England
3rd. P. England
4th. R. Hudson
5th. A. McGreechin
6th. J. Pearce
7th. A. McGreechin
Best Novice. P. England
Merseyside BFCC Show today - Best in Show
More results as I get them
Kilkenny Best Border John Furley. Congratulations John
It is with great sadness that GCWBFC announce the sudden death of Tony Quinn from Bristol .Our condolences go to Susan, Derek and family circle. Tony was a member of the GCWBFC for over 40yrs and will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The border world have lost another true gentleman . John Cunningham President GCWBFC
Owing to berevment a full set up available stock, training, show cages, feeders, drinkers and nest pans at sensible prices to clear whatever you require Somerset BA16 contact 07788910101 phone or text
Premiazioni specialistica show B.c.c.i. Bologna 2014
Best champion - Cherubini V.
2° Best champion - Cherubini V.
3° Best champion - Cherubini V.
4° Best champion - Capitanio M.
5° Best champion - Cherubini V.
6° Best champion - Cherubini V.
7° Best champion - Cherubini V.
Best Novices - Stile G.
2° Best novice - Stile G.
3° Best novice - Morra S.
4° Best novice - Morra S.
5° Best novice - Bigi O.
6° Best novice - Sacchetto G.
7° Best novice - Sacchetto G.
NEWS from Italy
BOLOGNA ITALY SHOW
ENTRY 290 BORDERS
WELL DONE TO VALENTINO CHERUBINI ONCE AGAIN DOMINATED THE CHAMPION AWARDS WITH BRILLIANT RESULTS, EXCELLENT SHOW SEASON FOR HIM.
BEST BORDER .......... V. CHERUBINI TPDYH u/f
2ND BEST................ V. CHERUBINI TPDBH u/f
3RD BEST................ V. CHERUBINI VBH u/f
4TH BEST................ M. CAPITANIO CWH u/f
5TH BEST................ V. CHERUBINI TPDYC u/f
6TH BEST................ V. CHERUBINI CBC u/f
7TH BEST................ V. CHERUBINI CBH u/f
MANY THANKS TO JUDGES TIM WARD AND BRENT LEECH
Top 7 from North Wales BFCC Show today:
Best Border. John Furley
Best Champion. J. Furley
2nd Best Champion. B. Leach
3rd Best Champion. J. Furley
4th Best Champion. T. Falkner
5th Best Champion. M. Barnet
6th Best Champion. M. Barnet
7th Best Champion. J. Furley
From Gala yesterday:
1st and Best Border Brian Chandler
2nd Best C Britton
3rd Best Ian Wishart
4th Best B Chandler
5th Best C Britton
6th Best G McGougan
1st R Laidler
2nd R Laidler
3rd R Laidler
4th A & S Robertson
5th G Holt
6th G Holt
Congratulations to all
John Furley Best Border at North Wales BFCC today.
I will put more results on as I get them.
Just back in Blackpool... long drive up from Heathrow, traffic terrible - Trying to catch up on results
GC & W
Best border M Symonds
2nd best border L Rowlands
3rd best border M King
4th best border J Cunningham
5th best border R Thomas
6th best border M Ferris
7th best border J Cunningham
Best Champion M Symonds
2nd best L Rowlands
3rd best M King
4th best J Cunningham
5th best J Cunningham
6th best I Southgate
7th best I Southgate
Best Novice R Thomas
2nd best M Ferris
3rd best W Williams
4th best R Colman
5th best P Wright
6th best R Colman
7th beer S Vernon
Best Clear I Southgate
Best Var M Symonds
Best TPD Green J Cunningham
Best Green J Cunningham
Best Cinn Mkd J Cunningham
Best Cinnamon K Wadkin
Best White I Southgate
Best U/F M Symonds
Best Adult M Symonds
Best O/S M King
Best Clear R Thomas
Best Var M Ferris
BestTPD Green R Colman
Best Green K Howell
Best Cinn Mkd P Wright
Best Cinnamon S Vernon
Best White N Tench
BestU/F R Thomas
Best Adult P Wright
Best O/S W Williams
One more full day tomorrow before the team returns to the UK Saturday and everyone can head home. I hear that the news from UK is that the weather is quite warm today, great for messing the birds around again just when the cold spell had started. No such luck here in Huumgary, its freezing cold, bright but very cold.
Couple of weeks only remaining before the pilgimage to Fleetwood begins for the many, not matter if showing or just going to see some amazing borders and of course for the social aspect of the weekend - I am sure it will be great. I always look forward to it as being on my doorstep I get a good few friends call in to see me, have to get extra supply of coffee in though.
With current BIS's being spread around in the shows so far it will be a good competition for British Champion this year. Good luck
Evening from Budapest (or little town nearby!) not been very active on the website due to limited wifi during the day and then when all the athletes get online during the night time the connection is so weak a snail could deliver a letter quicker, complete waste of time.
Finished the competition 2 days and now into 3 day training with German and Hungarian teams, run, swim and fence tomorrow with an early start. Home Saturday but wont be before the lights go out, so will be Sunday before I get in the shed. Can't wait and wish for some nice surprises. S
Message received from website friend Neil Tench
"hi Stuart just finished downloading novice and champion videos on YouTube hope they're up to a good standard for the website ,one of them was taken with the iPad as an experiment but I'm not happy with it .you should find them if you type in neil tench and click on my icon they should come up .thanks neil tench "
I would like to congratulate Gordon Holt for taking all top 7 Novice awards at the West of Scotland Show.
West of Scotland result,
Best S Percy
2nd S Percy
3rd. G Mc Gougan
4th. I Wishart
5th. S Percy
6th. G Mc Gougan
7th. S Percy
Check the Forum and see if you can contribute to the qurstions about an electronic stock book?
NEWS Flash 2
To be confirmed - results as sent to me here in Hungary
East of England
I b chandler vwh
2 b chandler cini vy
3 b chandler vyc
4 b chandler vbh
5 bob turner vyh
6 m Symonds fl vyc.
7 m Symonds tpdbc
But to be confirmed...... Message exactly as I received it here in Hungary
Best Ian Perrier
2nd P Warne
3rd R Husom
4th Ian Perrier
5th P Warne
6th P Warne
7th L Rowlands
Best Novice, 2nd, 3rd and 5 th best G Marshall
4th N Tench
5th and 6th best K Howells
Wowza what a weekend for the Border Fancy - I dont have the actual talley of the number of Borders benched but I am sure Colin will have a rough idea when he gets the show reports, but I am thinking a couple of thousand borders exhibited this weekend across the 5 shows (Scottish, Cleveland, Wessex, Birmingham and the Irish)
Clevelands initiative of video streaming the judging, inparticular the awarding of the specials seems to have been a massive success and news is that they intend to further this in future by live streaming online. My personal dream coming to reality - well done Cleveland and the proactive committee of a top class show.
That said, reports from all others show (verbal in conversation) is that exhibitors have nothing but praise for the show committees that continue to break their balls to put on a good event for their visitors.
I seemed to be uploading results on Facebook and this website all weeknd long and the number of texts and emails asking where the results are just confirms the interest around the world and here in GB and Ireland in knowing the results straight away. I know this website is now like a temporary hotline on show days until the official results in full are put on the BC website by Colin, but I was wondering if we could initiate a results or news hotline for the fancy on show weekends.? maybe one step too fat at the minute :-)
Terrible weather here in Blackpool - batten down the hatches tonight
Cleveland BFCC Show results today
Burrows and Miller
Cleveland BFCC early news
Best In Show Cliff Britton
Best Novice Richard Laidler
Full results to follow
Full results to be confirmed but news from the Scottish All Border today is that friend of the website George McGougan has taken top 7 in show...updates to follow as they come in.
Results from Wessex BFCC Show today
Best border Bob Hodges
2nd S Tappenden
3rd R Turner
4th R Baker
5th Bob Hodges
6th Bob Hodges
7th S Tappenden
Best novice L Allen
2nd K Howell
3rd K Howell
4th L Allen
5th P Wright
6th M Standen
7th P Wright
Well done Bob and everyone that took part
Please reference the following with the results from Florence in previous News item
BEST CLEAR BUFF COCK
2nd BEST VAR YEL HEN
3rd BEST VAR BUFF COCK
4th BEST T.P.D. YEL HEN
5th BEST VAR BUFF HEN
6th BEST HEAV. VAR. YEL HEN
7th BEST T.P.D. BUFF HEN
Birminghamd BFCC show results
Best Border Phil Warne
2nd Best Phil Warne
3rd Best Phil Warne
4th Best T Faulkner
5th Best Phil Warne
6th Best Phil Warne
7th Best R Hudson
BEST Novice R Thorley
2nd Best R Thorley
3rd Best R Thorley
4th Best R Thorley
5th Best R Thorley
6th Best T Ayres
7th Best R Thorley
Full special list now on my FB page
Well done to all exhibitors
FLORENCE ITALY SHOW RESULTS AND MANY THANKS TO JUDGE BRIAN CHANDLER
BEST BORDER Valentino Cherubini
2nd BEST Valentino Cherubini
3rd BEST Michele Apuzzo
4th BEST Pompeo Mattia
5th BEST Valentino Cherubini
6th BEST Valentino Cherubini
7th BEST Aurelio Gherardi
Regards Antonio Montano
Irish BFCC top 3
Best D. Somerville
2nd J. Furley
3rd C. Southern
Congratulations to 3 great border men
Schedules have been sent to all of last year's exhibitors. Anyone else wanting to show should contact Dean on 01179373227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close on 25th October.
Northants Results from today:
Best Border: Bowley and Stevens
Best Novice: M Plumb
Full specials list will be uploaded on the Border Convention website shortly
Results from the IBBA show today are now available for viewing on the Border Convention website.
Good afternoon everyone - I am still stuck in a field most of the day on a riding camp but my inbox in overwhelmingly full of queries about results from shows, I now have the Novice run down from Doncaster:
1st P England u/f 3/4 buff cock
2nd R Thorley u/f cyh
3rd R Thorley u/f vyh
4th G Bishop u/f gbh
5th P Calladine u/f cyc
6th M Donovan
7th M Donovan
Please don't shoot the messenger if any of the information is not correct.
First report in from the Cornish Border, Best In Show Phil Warne, second Brian Chandler, 3rd Brian Chandler, 4th Phil Warne, 5th Brian Chandler....... thats all the news I have for now, well done Phil and Brian.
Will post more results if I get any sent through.
News flash from Doncaster BFCC show today. Best Champion, 4th and 5th best Stu Percy, 2nd best Howsam and Purvis, 3rd best Mark Symonds, 6th best Ian Southgate and 7th best Malcolm Barnett. Best Novice was Paul England for the second week in a row. Mick Donovan was 6th and 7th best novice and best novice flighted. I dont have any other results at this time. Well done everyone.
Morning everyone - just packing up for another weekend away working.
No doubt many will be heading off for the shows this weekend travelling thousands of miles between you all and sleeping in hotel beds all for the chance to get your birds on the show bench and see other fine exhibits. Good luck to everyone and hope you all have a great weekend.
Please drop me results and I will do the very best I can to upload them for you as soon as I can.
Cleveland Border Fancy Canary Club are set to make possible history on the 19th October at their Open Show at Bydales Technical College.
The judging will be stream Live from the show hall to the restaurant where the visitors can watch the birds being judged. I am so pleased with this initiative because it is something that I have banged the drum about for many years and to their full credit CBFCC has pushed on and done it.
WHY NOT go along to the show and be able to say you were there when the first live streaming in the border fancu took place.??
The next stage will be to stream it live on the worldwide web - which club will rise to that challenge.
(all subject to the engaged judges agreement)
Sorry Jason I put your name down as Weaver and not Miller, god know why I did that.
Novice results from North Staffs today, well done Paul England:
1st P England
2nd B Goodwin
3rd G Marshall
4th G Marshall
5th P Morledge
6th J & G Barry
7th W Williams
Thanks to Jason Weaver foe texting me these results tonight
North Staffs results as far as I have them, many thanks to John Furley who has sent us in the results. If someone at all the shows can do similar we can publicise immediately for you:
North Staffs Border:
Best Border. P. Warne
2nd Best. P. Warne
3rd Best J. Noonan
4th Best. Bowley&Stevens
5th. Best. P. Tooth
6th. Best. P. Warne
7th. Best. P. Warne
Best Novice. P. England
Best Border Best Champion at North Staff is Phil Warne, more details will be uploaded as I get them. Well done Phil and Jenny.
From Southern Border:
Best Brian Chandler Flt. Var. Yel Hen 2nd S Tappenden Flt Var, Buff Cock 3rd M Symonds U/F Clr. Buff Cock. 4 th S. Tappenden U/F Clr. White Hen 5th M Symonds U/F 3/4 Buff Hen 6th B.Chandler U/F cinn. Var. Yel. Hen 7 th R.Turner U/F Clr Yel Hen
Brian Chandler wins The Southern Border - more details to follow as they come in..... Congratulations Brian.
On Dec 18th a group of bordermen are going over to Dr Peter Coutteel's clinic in Belgium (me included) we have the trip all sorted and booked. We have planned on 12 to travel and have 10 names so far so if you are interested drop me an email and it will be on first come come first served basis.
Outline is that we will go my minsbus on the Euro Tunnel and visit one of the top Belgium border men on route to the vets clinic, arrive at Peters place mid afternoon and receive a presentation on latest reserach in canary illness and preparation for the breeding season. Followed by trip to Pet mega store, hotel and dinner as a group. Then on the morning of 19th another visit to a borderman on way back to channel tunnel. Cost all incl we are try to keep to £100 (bus, fuel, Euro Tunnel train, hotel)
Drop me an email if you are intrested..
Birds starting to take shape now and very pleased with how some are coming through.
Had a couple of visitors today, I always like it when people come to see me as it give the birds someone else to look at other than me!
If anyone knows a retired border man that would like a totally free holiday in Blackpool next October then get them to give me a call. I need a house and bird minder for 10 days whilst away. Dont mind a couple coming, it is the illuminations so plenty to see and do! (not kidding by the way, I am totally serious)
First big show this coming weekend ? North Staffs cant wait to get the results and see who has the early birds on the podium. If birds have improved from last year then there are going to be some absolute smashers on the bench. Happy to upload some photos if anyone wants to send me a couple through after the show.
In the shed there are less feather on the floor each day now but obviously feathers are still growing on the birds and they are improving daily. After a couple of days away I can really tell the diference. So when I get back from a week away in Hungary at the end of the month I should see a significant change. My birds always seem to come on in November no matter when they are bred. Make letting the surplus go early a bit of a gamble.
High Spen YSS results just text through:
Best Border vyc Ron Silitoe
2nd vbc Billy and Paul Heathcote
3rd cbh Davie Brown
4th vbc Ian Wishart
5th cinnie yh Billy and Paul Heathcote
6yh tpdbh Jack clarke
7th gfbh Gary Bishop
What a lovely day it has turned out to be after a grey and mizley morning. Just nice now for sitting on the M6 and M5 for several hours as I head south west. The sunshine really makes a difference to the birds even though I have no windows in my shed, with the door open the young cocks strike up and get in to juvenile canary cock song. Down side is that the stonking hen you thought you had also strikes up and shatters ones hopes of a belting hen... we have all been there and got the tee shirt for that no doubt.
Soon be show season following a few young stock shows knocking around at the minute. Show Secs can you please send your results direct to Colin (BC) and copy to me, Colin will handle officially and upload to the BC website and I will put news flash on this news box to keep everyone up to date as best I can. Any site members that want to send me text results for a quick call then I will upload asap.
Just setting off now on my travels, will have wifi tonight all being well so can catch up on fb chat or this chatroom. Have a good weekend everyone. S
Phil has now put the video clip on his YouTube Channel and it is much better quality on YouTube the video footabge isn't jumping around etc.
Been a grey day here in Blackpool, nit that I have had chance to get outside, been full on all day at work. Away from tomorrow again til Sunday but back by mid afternoon and will get into the bird shed for an hour or two before it gets dark. Been putting the baths on most days to help the birds get rid of stubborn pin feathers that won't break the sheath of the feather, usually one or 2 on the head - bathing works and soon preen them out. What a difference it makes when the head is tidied up, the loose hairs trimmed and all spick and span. The guys on the chat room was asking if we cut or pull the long head and neck hairs out? seemed that people did both. The advantage of cutting is that they wont grow back again, but one slip and they get short back and sides!! personally I stroke the head feathers towards the beak so they ruffle up and the hairs stick straight up, I then gently pull them out. I have to say that I have not had cause to repeat, so not actually sure if they do grow back?
Catch up later on Chatroom if you are about
Check Phil's fb page to see some of the 2014 youngsters. 2 video clips available to view
Dark and ready for big downpour here in Blackpool at the moment but still quite warm.
I have just started a forum topic about the size of the show cage drinkers holes, I know we have over the years been down this road before but as we start training the birds up again it is apparant that some birds just hate putting their heads through the little holes. We all know the little tips for getting them to do it but we will see many again at shows huddled up and fluffed up because they are not drinking (the birds I am on about not the blokes that own them)
If you have an opinion and want to contribute to the debate then please do so on the Forum Page. Thanks
Starting to think I live on the M6 motorway!! just back from a weekend show jumping with the GB Youth Team - some good potential for the future all being well. Hopefully same as what is in my shed one day :-) had a quick nip in when I got back tonight and I am pleased with my little lot. One or two that I took out of group cages late last week are looking fab... how can birds change so much is always beyond me. It really does make the point not to let birds go to soon unless you have good reason to do so and dont mind them going to a specific new home.
The soft moult problem seems to have been resolved with the exception of one buff cock that continues to want to buck the trend!! it has to be more than a coincidence that the complex Vit B makes a difference as it was the only thing I changed by introducing it a couple of weeks ago now. If you get birds finish the moult and then show signs of soft flank feathers get them on Vit B asap - or better still have some at the ready. I am going to give my birds a dose once a week until the weather turns cold to see if it holds the problem off, I will keep you briefed accordingly.
Managed to grab a couple of days in the shed since back from South Wales but away again this coming weekend at a riding camp. Pleased with how the birds are looking generally and holding good form now. Except for odd one or two still to tidy up I seem to have put a stop to the going soft scenario - what a pain that is.
Swings and roundabouts each year isnt it with how many cocks v hens and yellows v buffs. In 2013 it was mainly yellow dark hens and in 2014 there seems to be more yellow cocks at the minute - not a bad thing but I dont want many more starting to sing or I will be short of good hens - not worrying yet though :-)
We seems to get through a load of seed at this time of year until the surplus has gone, seems endless job everyday doing the seed and waters. Add to that rotating the baths each morning! and hanging show cages on I sometimes wonder how those fanciers that have full time job and dont work from home actually cope. I certainly wouldnt have birds without the support of the home team when I am away working.
Keep at it - catch up later. S
Good news on a couple of fronts today, firstly the Chatroom seems to have picked up and we have had a good group for this week so far. During the breeding season the numbers dropped off a bit as was to be expected but back into double figures most nights again now.
Secondly the birds have got a grip of themselves and seem to have stopped dropping flank feathers at last. I got some Complex Vit B and have given it to the birds all this week, might be coincidence but seems to have done the trick - read Linda Hogan's blog on her Canary Tales for more information.
Birds in general are looking good and taking shape nicely, well I am pleased with them anyway! Catch up later if on Chatroom. S
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Day before having to be away again this weekend as I am off down to London working Saturday and Sunday. At least get away from sweeping feathers up for a few days. Put a few pics on the home page of one or two that are starting to shape up a bit. going to be a while yet before anything like finished though. Seems I am not alone with a few going into second moult or going soft as you might say - at least now and not later in the year. Catch up later, not too much news today
Busy day but managed to get into the shed later on today to check the birds over. Not much can be done at this time except wait for the new feathers and sweep old ones up!
Still got a problem with one or two buffs dropping feathers again, really does my head in when the birds are looking nice then they go and spoil themselves by having a mini moult. I dug around the web today and found some advice from Linda Hogan after a friend told me that she had covered this subject sometime ago. I had heard that pigeon men give stressed birds Complex Vit B to make sure they are in tip top condition and dont drop feathers before a race - Linda by coincidence recommends that canaries are given Complex Vit B if they go into a soft moult and this will pull them through. I emailed a friend in Germany that breeds Goldies and Bullfinches and he gives Complex Vit B at the start of the moult once a week because he doesnt want birds chucking feathers out to grow in a deeper colour etc makes sense I suppose. Mercasystems do a full range of Complex Vit B - I might send for some to have on standby just in case. Otherwise all is well in the shed and happy with what is coming through so far.
Good evening, glad to say I am back in the UK after a week in Hungary. It was good to be able to get into my shed this afternoon although not completely what I expected, Some birds are now about 85% through but some in my opinion have actually gone backwards, I say this only because they had nest feather head feathers still in when I went away and now some look like they hace been scalped. Goint to be a good few weeks yet before anything fully sorted. I started early with my birds, alot earlier than most and I would not have anything ready for early members shows that will soon be starting.
One thing for sure I wont miss the daily floor covering of feathers. Catch up on the chat room shortly if anyone around. S
Still in Hungary until Saturday morning, should be home and in my shed for a checking out of the birds by lunchtime, cant wait. News from home is that all is well and no casualities so that is good news at least. Been keeping my ear to the ground and asking if there are any bordermen around the local area here in Hungary but I dont get a very positive reply - so dont think they are very popular here.
Up at sparrows o'clock in the morning for riding training or pony trek as Scotty calls it (indeed) then off to do some shooting, dont mind that bit.
Will keep in touch one I get home.
Bright but chilly morning here in Blackpool and local news informing us that going to be a bumper bank holiday weekend with trippers streaming up the M6 both ways from the North and South. Luckily I am heading out of Blackpool down to Luton Airport!
FYI and just a snippet of high tech infomation, yesterday saw the launch of pay by credit card bloody donkey rides on the sea front - what next... they have installed a swipe card machine on the saddle of the donkey, so swipe jump on and ride! I can see this being useful method for some other blackpool activities currently available. I think it was sixpence a go when I was a nipper coming to blackpool for a donkey ride - now you can pay by credit card so I wonder what the charge is now? thing is they are the same donkeys! (Alice, Bob, Jack etc etc) lol
I think this sudden cold snap is just what the birds need to push them through a bit quicker. It dropped down to 6 degrees in my shed last night and forecast is 3 degrees for tonight. One or two of the last birds out of the nest are only just staring to throw feathers out with any sort of proper moult process - and have actually found a fresh laid egg 2 days on the bounce now in the flighted hens cage, so one of them is still at it.
Visitors to my shed this year will immediately notice a difference in the quantity of lighter coloured birds, still got a smattering of darks and heavy var but at last there are clears and lightly marked birds. I will pair up carefully next year to maintain the light birds but also pair up to retain my good dark line that I have enjoyed over previous years. As I said previously, this year the whites have not done as good as I paired up for, normally prolific but this breeding season only ones or zero whites in the nests. Going to rectify that next year! Right, work calls, have a great bank holiday weekend and I will keep in touch from Hungary as and when I get an internet connection. S
Weather currently taken a few degrees drop in temperature which for most of us is very welcome it can add to problems in the birdroom. This time of year as birds come towards latter part of the moult nearly all of us encounter some form of second moult with one or two birds. Having read and collated experiences from people over many years there is definitely more to this than just bad luck and birds chucking a few more feathers out at the end of the moult. This fall into a couple of categories and several reasons for each. Firstly the one that we refer to as a soft moult, gathered info in the majority says that this is caused by fluctuation in temperature, change in diet, drafts and or moving bottom to top cages etc. Then there is what some call Shock moult which when you think about it is very possible: birds finish the moult and we start letting them hop in and out of a show cage hanging on the stock cage, fine - but then we put it on the staging in the shed and the bird often goes bonkers - see how many of those then chuck a few feathers out later than day or the next day? example of shock moult in the very extreme is when a bird is chased by a cat appears to be caught as feathers fly everywhere but in fact the cat has not got the bird. I think one of the former reasons of soft moult are more relevant to us. Best to be mindfull?
Busy week for me work wise this week so time in the shed will be limited - then away to Hungary at the weekend for a week. Hope by the time I get back there will be some significant difference (for the better!) with the birds
Another weekend almost over and being at home have had lots of time to spend in the shed. Seed hoppers and egg drawers all been through dish washer and now immaculate with only the cage fronts to whip through the dishwasher when I get cages emptied. I used the fibre glass Kent Cage fronts and they come up spotless every year, no painting and messing around. If I could turn the clock back I would have used black ones instead of white but the whites ones look very smart.
Week today and off to Hungary for a training camp all the following week, birds are only on moulting programme now so minimum attention needed - peace and quiet does it for next few weeks with good food and fresh water. They will have the baths put on as usual whilst I am away.
Still to early to decide what is coming through the best as it changes almost daily, one minute I think there is something looking good then next day it looks like Ken Dodds hair on a bad day.
Highlight of the day has been that I had a very rare but welcome visitor, always good to sepnd a couple of hours with fellow bordermen and get a second opinion on the birds so far. Not quite back to the drawing board, pleased to say!!
Catch up later.
From a very wet Blackpool chucking it down with rain. At least it is not roasting hot in the shed and no need for aircon to be on.
Thought the home page could do with a quick update so added a few photos snapped over last few days of the birds, still ragged up mostly but I am happy enough with them and already I can see that there is an improvement. I have been asked recently and listened to comments as to why I spend time with the website. To be honest I often ask myself the same question. The starting point was that there was a need for a communication tool to fill the gap being temporarily vacated by the BC website going through webmaster changes etc. Pleased to say that Colin has it well under control now and it is very popular. Secondly it was to give otherwise loner bordermen with no cohort of fanciers local to them the opportunity to keep in touch and make new friends through the chatroom and forum. There is no doubt we have achieved both these points. As it is non profit making (ie no membership fee or trade payments) it is not dependant on usage but coming up to 300,000 hits continues to remind me there is still some interest. The one or 2 that pay the few pound admin fee for an advert page covers the site registration fee each year. So what do I get out of it? Increased awareness, my route to market (helpful when I have to dispose of surplus birds) No doubt helpful if I want to bring a bird in. And going back to the starting point: we have all made tons of friends we would not have made and have so much banter on the chatroom when its busy. One of the main positives though is the way we have shared information that has previously been restricted to individual birdrooms, I enjoy researching and sharing that research with everyone. Some time ago now but remember the sawdust saga when goldchip changed prices and bag size? One or 2 were using Tierwohl and some (me included never heard of it) now plenty are using it. So many good examples of shared practice you have all contributed to - thanks very much.
So thats it in a nutshell :-)
Still working on a trip to Dr Peter Coutteel early in the New Year - got people interested already!
Evening, hope you just watched Jo Pavey win the European 10,000m gold medal, what a performance! 40yrs old and first major title, what an inspiration to anyone - never give up.
weather has taken a dip over last few days, damp and a few degrees lower temperature - ideal for early birds to start dropping a few feathers again and go soft - be alert to this. Happened to quite a few of us last year. Tell tale signs are usually the buffs start to go a bit fluffy on the flanks to start with then day by day loose feathers again.
Going to start touching up a few cages this weekend, probably a re-paint for some, so birds will be doubled up for a day until paint dries - that said I might leave it til I come bacl from Hungary in a week or two.
Hope most are seeing the transformation now with their birds and taking on the true border type - I really like this time of year (except the sweeping up)
OK as you will see I have given in and put the Forum page back on the menu. Can I just ask that you remember that what ever goes on the Forum is public to the world and sometimes can quite innocently damage the border fancy. I have to take ultimate responsibility for what is on the site but if I am not quick enough to edit it I end up in the you know what - so please use for the good of us all.
Very windy here today and roof rattling disturbing the birds, took a couple of quick pics but all they do is remind me how far the birds have yet to go. Most dont have many feathers in their head and plenty to fill out yet with under feather. By the time I have been to Budapest working for a week I should see a difference. Once they are looking better I will take a batch of photos and put on the gallery page. Catch up later tonight if anyone on the Chatroom
Probably like most of the country here in Blackpool we have had serious rain this morning, but it didnt put the bowlers off on the bowling green opposite my house, they have a match to play no matter what the weather is doing.
Managed to get some of the shed cleaned out yesterday and once I finish the bit of proper work I have to do this morning I will be back in the shed again this afternoon. Usual amount of feathers on the floor this morning when I opened up but amount has to reduce fairly soon I hope. One or two of the late birds have not dropped a feather yet, as have the couple of flighted hens still to start, so my feather sweeping is not over yet a while.
Punk weekend in Blackpool at the minute, omg reminders of what Johny Rotten and the Sex Pistols left behind as their legacey! there are thousands of em on the prom. We seem to get every type of weekend here but the best one aprt from the British Border of course !! is the Pigeon Weekend, absolutely thousands of pigeon men from around the world hit town, best bit is the amount of product stands in the Winter Gardens and the Tower - they are just so much advanced than any other avian variety.
Early in the New Year I am looking at taking a mini-bus over to Dr Peter Coutteel's place and have a morning in his clinic, get what I need for the breeding season and if I can arrange it with him for us to receive a short period of his time to explain latest research on blackspot and anything else he can shre with us. Once I have something sorted I will try and fill the bus up accordingly. Of course tied in with a hypermarket trip for the duty free's .....
Right off down for a brew and then into the shed for the afternoon.
Catch up later. S
Up and down sort of week in the shed, early birds are now almsot through with just heads to finish visually but loads of under feather still to go for sure. The later birds are now chucking feathers out for fun and still sweeping up everytime I go in the shed - yes I know, same as everyone else!
one or two are looking half decent now and I am pleased with what I am seeing.
Got a couple of week at home now before of to Budapest for a weeks training camp.
Complete cleaning out day tomorrow, cages, floors and a general scrub down of everything.
Have a good weekend whatever you are doing>
Finally back home after a week in Barcelona at European Championships and then landing at 2.30pm yesterday at heathrow only to get diverted off the M40 at Junc 7 as M40 was closed Junc 8 to 9 so had to divert through Oxford at 4.45pm (great) along with several thousand other cars doing same thing until whole area was gridlocked.
Finally got in the house around 10ish last night, too late to go in the shed obviously.
Well, this morning was a bit of an eye opener when I went in the shed, birds looked well and all swept up, watered and seed all topped up - just the one casualty but happend to be one of the youngsters I thought would come through nicely - shit happens though and nothing can be done about it.
I think I will be letting people down that wanted a white from me as they are not there in the numbers I need and apart from a couple or 3 they are not good enough in my opinion. Sorry, but will pair up for a better result with them in 2015.
One thing for sure is that borders over all other canaries really do change the most through the moult, not just because they look good and develop new feather but because they actually grow in physical size too. Several since I left home last week have changed so much, onces that I gave no hope too now have a chance.
Bloody hell lads, calm down..... got up this morning to a full inbox and bollockings for saying I was going to shut the website down! I am a full supporter of the Convention and appreciate the work they do, behind the scenes with Don and Colin there is good communication regarding the Journal photos and website particularly in the show season.
I will strip the webite down and revamp its format but leave it live and hopefully it will continue to work along side the Convention website.
Working out in Barcelona this week and just got around to reading the latest edition of the Journal. For those that have read it will no doubt have been drawn to the comments about the Mandates being debated on the Forum of my website. The article calls for an apology from all concerned, I hereby apologise for allowing this debate to take place on the forum page. I have removed all reference to that subject from the Forum as a temporary measure and when I get back to my office next week I will close down this website and make it redundant. Thanks to those members that have contributed to the over a quarter of a million site hits in so few years. I will use my face book account to post photos and results in the show season. Good luck to everyone. S
Back from Sweden last night (1am this morning) and was able to get in the shed for a few minutes today - even with aircon on it was still too hot to stand around in there for too long.
Birds are in terrible state in the main and would have liked them to have been further forward in the moult than they look. Some though are coming through ok and look quite nice.
Will hang the baths on tomorrow and let them have a splash around. I will have the weekend here and then away again to Sant Boi Barcelona for 6 days to another competition. This is how it is now right the way through to November - get back from Barcelona, have a week and then out to Budapest for another week.
Hope everyone coping with the hot spell and no birds start to drop into second moult - worst case in my opinion as it buggers everything up.
Morning everyone, again sorry for lack of updates but the home wifi has been running on teacakes and stopping at every currant for the last week or so making life almost unbearable. Anyway I am going to be onroute to Uppsala Sweden shortly and just wanted to give a quick update before my drive down to Heathrow.
Knee deep in feathers and sweeping up several times per day, not my favourite time this, other than seeing the birds transform. They seem to look nice in nest feather showing some promise, then they drop feathers and look like they might not be big enough, then the scruffy stage, quickly (hopefully) followed by the transformation into the show stopper we have all been waiting for - YEH RIGHT !! if only that easy - what about the heart stopping moments when you walk in the shed and the very best you, your favourite is either dead, got a claw straight forward or back, sat on the floor shaking like a shitting dog because it had a fit or another bird has scalped it - yes you now the story all too well? the best bird everytime gets it. The other day one of my FEW whites this year looked mor like a raspberry ripple that a white bird, it had knocked its wing and a growing flight feather had come out and it was bleeding for NATO.
But the good news for me is that I think the birds are better than last year and if I can say that every year then eventually they should be smart enough. Managed to get through the breeding season again without the soaked seed and it doesn't seem to adversely affected the birds by not using it, I think my size has improved and feather quality is good - I will stick to similar routine next year with just one or 2 little tweaks to what I do.
Anyway, last few things to pack and then the dreaded M6 to face this afternoon.
been away for several days (during day only) and to be honest not much to report at the minute other than one or two birds are begining to look really nice as they get to about 75% through the moult. others though are at the rubbish stage.. so I have mixed feelings when I look around the shed.
Here til Wednesday then off to Uppsala Sweden for a week for the European Championships (in Modern Pentathlon) Hope I see a good change in the birds after a week away. Keep up the sweeping!!
The North Wales Border Fancy Canary Club annual show will be held on Sunday the 2nd of November at the Loreto Centre Llandudno (LL30 2EL). Having attracted new fanciers from as far as Ireland last year the committee are keen to increase their entries and have improved the cash specials, Best order in Show will be awarded £50. The classification has been simplified and will include additional unflighted classes for the main stream colours including self greens. Fanciers will be allowed into the hall during the judging by prior arrangement with the club secretary Mr Ron Williams (tel 01286 650 561). Judges engaged are Mr L Evans and Mr J Furmage from South Wales.
The Loreto Centre provides for free of road parking and refreshments will be served all day. Llandudno is a popular seaside town which offers many amenities and tourist attractions.
A Fife section will once more be included having proved a great success last year, Best Fife in Show will be awarded £50 (paid up members). Schedules will be available by August and it will be possible to download them online.
A roasting hot day here in Blackpool today and time for aircon on in shed I think.
Full on sweeping mode now with feathers everywhere, seeks endless task at this time of year but worth it I hope when some nice birds come through.
Yesterday was my knee op day - went in at 8.30hrs yesterday morning, they did my obs, booked me in, waited a short time then down to theatre, bing bang bosh - scoped my knee, injected some steriod silicone gell and I was back in my room before I knew it. I was home and walking by lunchtime, a little sore where they went into my knee cap but today it is fine and feels amazing. Last time I had it done in the 80's at Aldershot military hospital the gormless idiots even cut the wrong knee so when I woke up i had both knee's butchered instead of only the bad one. Leaving scares that you would associate with a chain saw. Cant even see the hole from yesterdays operation -the wonders of modern medicine.
Hope all finishing off now and you are sweeping up as many feathers as me!!
Again or lack of news as the case maybe? another day of the birds looking ragged up and waiting for them to put their new clothes on so I can see what they looked like dressed! shed life consists of brush in hand sweeping up, feeding and changing waters at each visit at the moment. No different to everyone else I suppose but it does my head in. One bird has a fly around in its cage, feathers go everywhere and the whole shed goes bonkers. Started hanging the odd show cage on again to let the older ones hop in and out - nothing too serious at the minute training wise. Getting to a show with some birds this year looks out of the question again - every weekend of a show I am working, bit annoying as I wanted to put a few out this year at a couple of shows. I am trying to convince my son to take me some but not keen. See how they look first then decide what I will do.
Hope everyone happy enough with their season. S
Sorry for lack of news over last few days but not much happening now as all my time in the shed is spent sweeping feathers up and filling egg drawers.
I did have one interesting conversation about the fertility of cock birds and the age they are when actually paired up. I have my own theory on this but hey, what do I know. You will all have heard before "that unfltd cock was hopeless" or the cock I brought in did nothing etc etc..... well her is a scenario: If like me you apir up early (end of Feb/begining of March) then you need to be using a cock that was bred early the year before and not one that you have brought in from someone that bred late and you have a cock that was maybe bred at the end of July?? this imo is too young then for early breeding, But then you hear "my cocks are fit as a fiddle at the end of the breeding season" omg think about it...!! of course they are because they are maturing still. How many when actually pairing up look at the date of hatch of the unfltd cocks they are using? be honest I bet not many of you... my tip is work your pairings accordingly so that later bred cocks are used later in your breeding season and give them that extra month to mature. All that said, some young cocks are studs so I might be totally wrong. I can only share my own experiences and since I started taking careful not of how old young cocks are, I had reduced clear eggs and my success rate has improved. Iwould be interested to know if this is something anyone else considers at breeding time. Forum debate maybe
"Clear Buff Cock, Var Yellow Hen, White Hen,
Cin Car Cock, Buff Hen,
Yes, Yes Yes,
another dream list !!
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